People disagree about almost anything. One thing we can agree about is that we do not like mosquitoes. These bloodsucking beasts not only cause itchy, bumpy welts, but they also spread disease. In fact, as a disease vector, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal in history. No wonder we want to avoid them.

At Flick, we can provide excellent pest control services that help keep your yard mosquito-free. We have yard treatments that work in the evenings to help keep mosquitoes away. That is the most effective way to keep them out of your yard. However, there are other steps you can take to keep mosquitos away.

Mosquitos breed in stagnant water. So, you must remove anything that can hold or dump out the water after rain. This includes large items like water tanks and small things, like the saucers beneath potted plants.

Do you have a birdbath? We love the idea of providing fresh water for wildlife. However, unless you change it daily, it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. So dump and replace the water daily, or add a water pump so that the water is moving, not stagnant.

If you do have a water tank, add a screen to it. Screens keep mosquitoes from laying eggs. If they lay eggs, the screens keep the baby mosquitoes from escaping the water.

Keep your gutters clean. Dirty gutters retain water in the leaves and other debris. If you ensure your gutters are clean, the water drains from them.

Even if mosquitoes are inevitable outside, you can keep them from getting inside. Ensure you use screens when you open your windows or doors and that the screens do not have any holes. Seal off gaps and holes in your home’s exterior. Use weather stripping around doors and windows.

If you go outside, cover as much skin as possible. Mosquitos do not bite through clothing. So, wearing lightweight clothing over much of your skin reduces the chances of being bitten.

Finally, use mosquito repellant. Spray yourself thoroughly with an effective repellent anytime you are in an area with mosquitoes.

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